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Is tap water a safe alternative to normal saline for wound cleansing?

Sally Magson-Roberts reviews the evidence surrounding the use of tap water in wound cleansing in a bid to establish what current research suggests is safe and effective, thus ensuring quality patient care, whilst delivering a cost effective and equitable service.
Sally Magson-Roberts RGN, DN, BSc, Dip HE is a District Nursing Sister, Eastbourne Downs PCT.
Article accepted for publication: January 2006